Also it is accepted in most major supermarkets etc?
In most of Europe, AMEX acceptance is still spotty in my opinion. There is a significant amount of restaurants and smaller stores that don't take AMEX that you should always have another piece of plastic plus means of getting cash.
AMEX acceptance would increase in Europe if AMEX lower their usage fees to the merchants. Small business just can't afford it. Fortunately, around here most business do not belong to big corporations (let's see how long they last :((... )
I'm not sure about the "stupid thing". In my experience (using cards every day) you type in your pin OR you sign the receipt. Never was asked for the two. A different issue is when the system does not recognize your pin (may happen with foreign cards)
Is it accepted at the supermarkets and petrol stations though?
Not in the ones I use.
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